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St. Louis Then and Now (Then & Now) Hardcover – June 1, 2000

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About the Author

Elizabeth McNulty was born and raised in St. Louis and attended the University of Missouri. She attended graduate school in New England and is the author ofBoston Then and Now,Chicago Then and Now, andSt. Louis Then and Now, among others. She is a member of the Missouri Historical Society and the Bostonian Historical Society and currently lives in San Diego, where she works in the publishing industry.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571452435
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571452436
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 11 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael S. McGill on March 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am a fan of "then and now" books, having read excellent ones for Boston, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Philadelphia. When well done, they can provide the reader with a good sense of how a city has changed over time, what has been lost, what has been gained. St. Louis Then and Now does not do this. It focuses on a relatively small area of downtown St. Louis, with tight shots that preclude the reader from seeing the decay that has plagued my old home town for the past half century. Even worse, the author has a picture of the original Sportsmens Park, home of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns baseball teams, but instead of showing a picture of the site where it used to be for the "now" portion, she presents a picture of Busch Stadium, located in a far different neighborhood. This is the only instance in the entire book where she does not follow her basic guideline of taking a shot from the same spot. Had she done so, the reader would have seen the ravaged neighborhood of North St. Louis. If she and her publisher wish to present an idealized, artificially upbeat set of images for St. Louis, then it should not be titled "then and now," and promise the reader a no-holds-barred look at the real city.

In addition, the author makes several silly factual mistakes about the city's biggest pride and joy, its baseball team. The Gashouse Gang of the 1930s was not the first Cardinals team to win a World Series, that was done in 1926. The Cardinals did not even compete in any World Series in the 1950s; as I was able to personally observe on many occasions, they were a pretty mediocre team throughout that decade. And Busch Stadium did not have its playing field purposely placed below ground level to escape the heat, but rather to allow fans easier access to both upper and lower decks. The playing field was ferociously hot in the steamy St. Louis summers.
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This book is well put together and provides a beautiful and informative look at the history of St. Louis. It sits on my coffee table and is a great conversation piece. I have bought this book for a few of my relatives and all of them would agree that this is a wonderful book. It is a must have for any St. Louis resident, yet it offers a unique look at St. Louis for anyone who wants to see how the city has changed over the years.
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As a lifelong resident of St. Louis who was wary of going downtown except for Cardinals baseball games, I and many others like me are just now discovering what a historic gem our downtown truly is.

After picking up the "walking tour of downtown" book published by Charles Brennan a year or so ago, I began to appreciate the beautiful buildings that are being renovated for lofts and condos. Hungry to learn more, I found a brilliant web site called builtstlouis.net with synopses of many downtown structures. I highly recommend that site to anyone interested in the history of downtown St. Louis.

Finding that site simply made me more curious about downtown, so I turned to Amazon.com, and found this spectacular book that helps put things into perspective when comparing the way St. Louis was at the turn of the 20th century compared to how it appears today. Much of the grand history of St. Louis still exists, and I urge anyone wanting to know more to buy this book.
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This book gave me hours of enjoyable entertainment. Born and raised in the St. Louis area, I found myself studying every detail in each contrasted photo. It's remarkable to see how much landscape can change throughout the years as new construction buries layer after layer of history. Great way to preserve what is so often forgotten in the modern world and to get a glimpse of a city's beginnings.
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By A Customer on April 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Having been born and raised around St. Louis, it was fascinating seeing sights I was accustomed to, as they were originally. The city has quite a rich, and diverse history, and it is well displayed in these photographs. The photos tell the story well, and there is not alot of text to hamper your viewing enjoyment. Not that reading is bad, but that is not what the book is about. The layout of the book seems to work very well. The pictures are a nice size, and suprisingly clear. I would have loved to see more pics of the Worlds Fair, but then it would lose the city flavour, so all in all I think it is a good balance. I would recommend the book to anyone that enjoys getting a feeling of what it was like to actually be there in those days, every history buffs dream!
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By A Customer on August 13, 2003
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Growing up in Saint Louis and having recently moved back, this has made me appreciate my city for what it once was and what it may become. This book is well put together and the research is obviously impeccable. It has no social agenda or views as many historical books do, but it just shows exactly what it says, "then and now". It was very enjoyable. The best gift I can give fellow St. Louisan's for any occasion.
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I am enjoying this book as I grew up in Saint Louis, living there from 1943 to 1960. I am planning on making a return trip and will use this book to choose sites to see. Having been gone for 50 years, it is fun for me to see the changes in my hometown.
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This hardback is a great conversation piece in any setting. Gave as a gift to family moving to St. Louis for work. Allows them to see places as they look today compared to how it looked a century ago. Awesome!
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